Colorado Rockies

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Colorado Rockies
2015 Colorado Rockies season
Established in 1993
Colorado Rockies logo.svg Colorado Rockies Cap Insignia.svg
Team logo Cap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
NLW-Uniform-COL.PNG
Retired numbers
Colors
  • Purple, Black, Silver, White[1]
                   
Name
  • Colorado Rockies (1993–present)
Other nicknames
  • The Rox, The Blake Street Bombers
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (0) 0
NL Pennants (1) 2007
Wild card berths (3)
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 1995
Front office
Owner(s) Monfort brothers
Manager Walt Weiss
General Manager Jeff Bridich

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball franchise based in Denver, Colorado. They are currently members of Major League Baseball (MLB)'s National League (NL) West division. Their home venue is Coors Field. Their current manager is Walt Weiss. The Rockies have won one National League championship (2007). They mounted a rally in the last month of the 2007 regular season, winning 21 of their final 22 games, and reached the 2007 World Series. However, they were swept by the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox in four games.

History[edit]

Denver had long been a hotbed of Denver Bears/Zephyrs Minor league baseball and many in the area desired a Major League team. Following the Pittsburgh drug trials, an unsuccessful attempt was made to purchase the Pittsburgh Pirates and relocate them. However, in 1991, as part of Major League Baseball's two-team expansion (they also added the Florida (now Miami) Marlins), an ownership group representing Denver led by John Antonucci and Michael I. Monus were granted a franchise; they took the name "Rockies" due to Denver's proximity to the Rocky Mountains, which is reflected in their logo. Monus and Antonucci were forced to drop out in 1992 after Monus' reputation was ruined by an accounting scandal. Trucking magnate Jerry McMorris stepped in at the eleventh hour to save the franchise, allowing the team to begin play in 1993. The Rockies shared Mile High Stadium (which had originally been built for the Zephyrs) with the National Football League's Denver Broncos their first two seasons while Coors Field was constructed. It was completed for the 1995 Major League Baseball season.

In 1993, they started play in the Western division of the National League. Since that date, the Rockies have reached the Major League Baseball postseason three times, each time as the National League wild card team. Twice (1995 and 2009) they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In 2007, the Rockies advanced to the World Series, only to be swept by the Boston Red Sox.

The Rockies have played their home games at Coors Field since 1995. Their newest Spring Training home, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona, opened in March 2011 and is shared with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Season record[edit]

Uniform[edit]

Further information: Major League Baseball uniforms

At the start of the 2012 season, the Rockies introduced "Purple Mondays" in which the team wears its purple uniform every Monday game day.

Quick facts[edit]

Founded: 1991
Began play: 1993 (National League expansion)
Uniform colors: Black, purple, white
Logo design: Purple mountain with baseball
Team mascot: Dinger, a purple anthropomorphized triceratops
Playoff appearances (3): 1995, 2007, 2009
Owners: Linda G. Alvarado (Alvarado Construction, Inc.), Marne Obernauer, Jr. (Beverage Distributors Corp.), Clear Channel Communications, Denver Newspaper Agency, Fox, SAMT Sports 2013 LLC, and Dick and Charlie Monfort[2]
Chairman & CEO: Dick Monfort
President: Vacant
General Manager: Jeff Bridich
Local Television: Root Sports
Spring Training Facility: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale, Arizona (2011–present)

Baseball Hall of Famers[edit]

No inducted members of the Baseball Hall of Fame have played for or managed the Rockies.

Individual awards[edit]

NL MVP[edit]

NLCS MVP[edit]

NL Rookie of the Year[edit]

Silver Slugger Award[edit]

Hank Aaron Award[edit]

Gold Glove Award[edit]

Manager of the Year Award[edit]

DHL Hometown Heroes (2006)[edit]

  • Larry Walker – voted by MLB fans as the most outstanding player in the history of the franchise, based on on-field performance, leadership quality and character value

Team award[edit]

Team records (single-game, single-season, career)[edit]

Championships[edit]

National League Champions
Preceded by:
St. Louis Cardinals
2007 Succeeded by:
Philadelphia Phillies
National League Wild Card Winners
Preceded by:
None (First)
1995 Succeeded by:
Los Angeles Dodgers
Preceded by:
Los Angeles Dodgers
2007 Succeeded by:
Milwaukee Brewers
Preceded by:
Milwaukee Brewers
2009 Succeeded by:
Atlanta Braves

Retired numbers[edit]

Todd Helton is the sole Colorado player to have his number (17) retired, which was done on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Jackie Robinson's number, 42, was retired throughout all of baseball in 1997.[4]

Keli McGregor had worked with the Rockies since their inception in 1993, rising from senior director of operations to team president in 2002, until his death on April 20, 2010. He is honored at Coors Field alongside Helton and Robinson with his initials.

Todd
Helton

1B
Retired August 17, 2014
Jackie
Robinson

All MLB
Retired April 15, 1997

Current roster[edit]

Colorado Rockies roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list


25 active, 15 inactive

Injury icon 2.svg 7- or 15-day disabled list
Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated August 28, 2015
TransactionsDepth chart
All MLB rosters

Minor league affiliations[edit]

Level Team League Location
AAA Albuquerque Isotopes Pacific Coast League Albuquerque, New Mexico
AA New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League New Britain, Connecticut
Advanced A Modesto Nuts California League Modesto, California
A Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League Asheville, North Carolina
Short Season A Boise Hawks Northwest League Boise, Idaho
Rookie Grand Junction Rockies Pioneer League Grand Junction, Colorado
DSL Rockies Dominican Summer League Boca Chica, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Radio and television[edit]

As of 2010, Rockies' flagship radio station is KOA 850AM, with some late-season games broadcast on KHOW 630 AM due to conflicts with Denver Broncos games. Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan are the radio announcers which both serve as backup TV announcers whenever Drew Goodman is not on the broadcast. The Rockies Radio Network is composed of 38 affiliate stations in eight states.

As of 2013, Spanish broadcasts of the Rockies are heard on KNRV 1150 AM.

As of 2013, all games will be produced and televised by Root Sports Rocky Mountain. All 150 games produced by Root Sports Rocky Mountain will be broadcast in HD. Jeff Huson, Drew Goodman and George Frazier form the TV broadcast team with Marc Stout, Jenny Cavnar, Ryan Spilborghs, Jason Hirsh and Cory Sullivan handling the pre-game and post-game shows.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Colorado Rockies Information Guide" (PDF). Colorado Rockies. February 24, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Front Office | ColoradoRockies.com: Team". Colorado.Rockies.MLB.com. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Harding, Thomas (February 6, 2014). "Helton calls No. 17 jersey retirement 'very special'". MLB.com. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 

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